Good show in cattle at Rathfriland

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Just short of 200 head for the first cattle sale of 2016 saw bullocks sell to £1275.

Weanling calves cleared up to 236 pence per kilo for 220k at £520. Dropped calves cleared up to £325 for a Sim bull from Newry. Heifer calves sold to £230 for a Her from Banbridge. Fr bullocks were a particularly food trade. A top of £760 was paid for a 568k lot from Tanvalley.

DROPPED CALVES: Newry farmer: Sim bull £325. Banbridge farmer: Her bulls £300, £230 and £230. Derrylecka farmer: Sim bulls £290, £275 and £268. Aghalee farmer: 3 Fr bulls £265 each. Warrenpoint farmer: SBR bull £240. Banbridge farmer: Pen of Angus bulls to £225.

WEANLINGS: Tanvalley farmer: 220k at £520. Donaghmore farmer: 380k at £720, 350k at £680, 340k at £630, 360k at £600, 370k at £600. Castlewellan farmer: 308k at £620. Ednego farmer: 310k at £590, 308k at £565, 300k at £470. Lisburn farmer: 214k at £400, 240k at £400, 234k at £525, 172k at £400.

FRIESIAN BULLOCKS: Tanvalley farmer: 568k at £760, 600k at £725, 590k at £680, 580k at £660. Ballyward farmer: 284k Sim at £610, 294k at £480, 240k at £400, 280k at £460, 292k at £400. Dromore farmer: 480k at £620, 396k at £580, 404k at £570, 456k at £560, 404k at £520, 436k at £545 etc.

Sheep prices took another big lift on Tuesday evening with the top 10 lots seeling from £86 to £88. Over 700 heavy hoggets sold for £82 up. Store hoggets sold to 365 pence per kilo for 15.5k at £56.50. Fat ewes to £90 and fat rams to £130. Hillsborough farmer: 36k at £88. Leitrim farmer: 30k at £87.50. Drumlee farmer: 25k at £87. Ballyward farmer: 25k at £87. Ballinaskeagh farmer: 26.5k at £86.50. Tandragee farmer: 25k at £86.50. Hilltown farmer: 25k at £86.50. Kilkinamurray farmer: 52 hoggets 25.5k at £86. Katesbridge farmer: 26k at £86. Dromara farmer: 27k at £86. Ballynafern farmer: 24k at £84. Aughlisnafin farmer: 41 horned hoggets 24k at £84.50. Ballynafern farmer: 23k at £81. Dromara farmer: 23.5k at £82. Ballyroney farmer: 23.5k at £82.50.

FAT EWES: Dromore farmer: £90. Hilltown farmer: £87. Annaclone farmer: £85. Castlewellan farmer: £85. Hillsborough farmer: £82. Ballyroney farmer: £79. Ballyward farmer: £78. Hilltown farmer: £78 and £77.